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February 15: This Date In Los Angeles Transportation History (The Metro Blue Line reaches downtown and Cross Town Lines are taken over)
Metro Transportation Library Primary Resources Blog

Analysis: Is The Gold Line Settlement A Good Deal For Taxpayers? ("The Gold Line Construction Authority settled a lawsuit to acquire land last week, paying four times what it is worth. Was that the only course of action left?")
Monrovia Patch

Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Mayor, To Chair 2012 Democratic National Convention
Huffington Post

California's High-Speed Train May Be Blended ("California’s high-speed train system, if it’s built, might share tracks with slower conventional trains on the San Francisco Peninsula and in the Los Angeles area.")
Central Valley Business Times

Cardin-Cochran Amendment Would Boost Local Control Of Bike-Ped Funding
StreetsBlog DC

Community Policing Coming To BART: Officers Will Be More Visible On Trains, At Stations And In Parking Lots
Bay Citizen

Cracking Down On Parking Meter Cheaters ("They use disabled-driver placards that they don't deserve. But thanks to the LAPD and DOT, some of them get the hefty fines they really do deserve.")
Los Angeles Times

Distracted Driving Countermeasures For Commercial Vehicles (81p. PDF)
Commercial Bus And Truck Safety Synthesis Program

Does Government GIS Data Belong To The People? A California Court Case Showcases The Importance Of Public Access To Tax-Funded Databases

DOT Head Ray LaHood Takes Another Whack At House Transportation Bill: It "Takes Us Back To The Horse And Buggy Era"
Transportation Nation

Downtown Streetcar Head Now Based In Portland
Los Angeles Downtown News

Facing Objections From Left And Right, Boehner Splits Up Transportation Bill
The Hill

Gold Line Backers Reach Accord With Monrovia Landowner ("The construction authority overseeing the rail project's extension from Pasadena to Azusa will pay the property owner $24 million to settle six suits over the price of 4.8 acres needed for a maintenance yard.")
Los Angeles Times

Gold Line Bridge Taking Shape
Curbed LA

Greencore: L.A. Hardcore Band It's Casual Rock Out For The MTA's Red Line
Southern California Public Radio

House Committee Set To Vote Tonight On Slew Of Transpo Bill Amendments
StreetsBlog DC

House GOP Needs To Stop Pushing "Message" Bill And Pass A Transportation Jobs Bill
Huffington Post

House Transpo Bill Doesn't Have The Votes, So Republicans Split It In Three
StreetsBlog DC

House Transpo Bill Turns Into Collateral Damage
StreetsBlog Network

House Transportation Bill Promotes A New Roadside Attraction: Lottery Machines ("A little-noticed provision of the House transportation bill would allow states to privatize interstate rest areas, open them up to advertisers, and let them sell a variety of goods "serving the traveling public" -- which under the bill's definition, includes lottery machines.")
Huffington Post

Innovative Wetlands Park Opens In South Los Angeles ("The South Los Angeles Wetlands Park, re-purposed from a former bus and rail yard, expands ways to re-green a region through public space while cleaning up the waters.")

Main St. In Downtown L.A. Has New Bike Lanes
LADOT Bike Blog

Metro: Phase One Of Westside Subway Extension May End At La Cienega / Wilshire Station
Westwood-Century City Patch

Nearly 70 Transportation Associations Sign Letter Opposing Tolls
Trucking Info

Obama Visits LA Wednesday, Traffic Expected
Culver City Patch

Online Tug Of War Is Over Ownership Of Ontario Airport
Daily Breeze

Opinion: Protecting Our Cities' Transportation Funding (The mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose outline the threat to California transportation and infrastructure projects)
San Francisco Examiner

Oscars: Street Closures Announced ("MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on Feb. 25, until 6 a.m. Feb. 27. Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 a.m.")

Private Sector Key For $6.9 Billion High Desert Corridor: Toll Road, Green Energy Corridor, Rail Connections Could Pay For Project
Victorville Daily Press

Rail Yards: Clean-Up Plan Prompts Contempt Allegation
Riverside Press-Enterprise

Restored Streetcars Now Desirable: To The Delight Of Many, Old Streetcars Are Being Restored To Their Former Glory And Put Back Into Transit Service In New Orleans, Philadelphia And Portland (extensive article includes 24 photos related to restoration)

Ridership: For Transit Agencies, The "Operate And They Will Come" Mantra Is Giving Way To A Marketing-Based Approach
Progressive Railroading

Transportation Boosted To Top Of Political Agenda
Business Week

Transportation: Good News LA! ("To begin with, the mammoth freeway projects of the I-405 (both south of the 101/405 interchange and south of the 605/405 interchange) are moving forward in earnest. Freeway commuters driving the 60, 210 and I-5 freeways are also feeling the heat with ongoing construction hassles, but these Measure R projects will ultimately increase corridor capacity, and enjoy ongoing voter and political support.")

US House Transportation Bill Stumbles; Obama Threatens Veto

W.H. Threatens To Veto House Transportation Bill

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